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Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Abzu 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 8 days ago.
Play involves swimming around to explore each of the new areas you visit. You are led through what becomes a gentle adventure by robot characters you meet and befriend. As you delve deeper, you discover a beautiful underwater realm and the creatures that live there.
But this is more than a journey through an underwater land. The narrative soon gathers pace and invites you to ask questions about who you are in the game, how you got there and where you need to go. By the end, you discover that all is not what it seems.
The result is a game as much about identity as scuba diving and bio-diversity. It's a tantalising look under the waves, but also what lies under our own personas.
This game is good if you want to:
- Use games in church
- Play games from a woman's persepctive
- Play your first adventure game
- Inspire outside hobbies
- Consider gender
- Play your first video game
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Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence. Players control a diver that swims through ancient ruins, caves, reefs, and schools of fish. One artefact shoots laser beams that can hit the diver and passing sharks. Sharks are occasionally shown attacking the player's drones.
7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Because of the mostly slow nature of the game it works for young children. You need to persist in exploration and puzzle solving, but there isn't often a time limit. Older players can get more out of the narrative that develops.
Our Game Pathways reveal how 44-year-olds play this game:
- 44-year-old: Still Play But More Than That Too
Release Date: 02/11/2016, updated in 2018
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Accessibility: 10 features
Components: 3D Third-Person
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